Congressman John Lewis Honored at Urban League Gala

11/22/2013, 6 a.m.
The Urban League of Greater Atlanta held its 52nd Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner and Gala Saturday evening, Nov. 16, ...
ULGA President and CEO Nancy Flake Johnson presents 52nd Annual ULGA Equality Opportunity Day Champion of Justice & Equality Award to Congressman John Lewis. Photo courtesy of ULGA. Photo courtesy of ULGA.

The Urban League of Greater Atlanta held its 52nd Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner and Gala Saturday evening, Nov. 16, bestowing the Champion of Justice and Equality Award on Georgia Congressman John Lewis at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel Atrium Ballroom.

During the dinner a video tribute was played in remembrance of Mrs. Evelyn Lowery.

The Equal Opportunity Day Dinner and Gala recognizes corporations, organizations and individuals who champion equal opportunities for African-Americans and others in underserved communities. Co-chairs of the dinner were Otis Threatt, ULGA Board treasurer, and Ciji Tatum, ULGA Young Professionals president.

Angela Burt-Murray, Aspire TV show “Exhale” co-host and former Essence Magazine editor-in-chief, was the MC. Geico was the presenting sponsor. Gary Harris Band provided entertainment for the event.


(L to R): Sun Life Voluntary Benefits Practice Leader Michael Otis; Atlanta Hawks Star Elton Brand; Sun Life Rising Star Award WinnerMontavious Williams; Basketball Legend Steve Smith; Basketball Legend Jerry Stackhouse; and Sun Life Regional Group Manager Kevin Kuzon. Photo courtesy of Sun Life Financial.

Atlanta Hawks Star Elton Brand helps Sun Life surprise two students

Atlanta area students Montavious Williams and Nura Mohammad thought they were participating in a basketball exercise clinic with their peers, when Hawks Forward Elton Brand, along with Sun Life Regional Group Manager Kevin Kuzon and Sun Life Voluntary Benefits Practice Leader Michael Otis surprised them and their supporting nonprofit organizations Raising Expectations and The Global Village Project with a total of $110,000 in grants and scholarships as part of the Sun Life Rising Star Awards program.

The Sun Life Rising Star Awards program provides financial resources to highly motivated students and nonprofit organizations in large urban school districts committed to encouraging underserved youth to stay in school. The program also promotes the importance of higher education as a means to achieve life-long financial wellness.

City of Atlanta’s Office of Recreation to offer Centers of Hope Holiday Day camp

The City of Atlanta’s Office of Recreation, in conjunction with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta, will offer a holiday day camp from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 25-26. The camp is open to Atlanta youth at six Center of Hope locations: MLK, Adamsville, Rosel Fann, Pittman, Thomasville and Ben Hill. Each day, children will receive a continental breakfast, a healthy lunch and an afternoon snack. Programming throughout the day includes sports, technology and academic activities. The cost of this holiday day camp is $35, and parents can register their children through atlantaga.gov/iparcs.

Participating Center

of Hope sites are the


M.L. King Jr.

90 Boulevard

Atlanta, GA 30312;


3201 M.L. King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30331;

Rosel Fann

365 Cleveland Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30354;


950 Garibaldi Avenue,

Atlanta, GA 30315;


1835 Henry Thomas Drive, Atlanta, GA 30315;

Ben Hill

2405 Fairburn Road,

Atlanta, GA 30331.

Notable Atlantans push for groundbreaking project at historic site

A group of African-American religious leaders who frequent the historic Chautauqua Institution, located in New York, took part in a reception Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Commerce Club, in order to announce their plans to build a denominational house on the grounds of Chautauqua.

The vision is to build an African-American Denominational House at Chautauqua, as a way to deepen the engagement of the African-American community with Chautauqua and provide an interdenominational home that represents the African-American experience.